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Leonard Williams and Kayvon Thibodeaux, New York Giants (June 7, 2022)

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JUNE 7, 2022 NEW YORK GIANTS MINI-CAMP REPORT…
The first day of the New York Giants 3-day, mandatory mini-camp was held on Tuesday at Quest Diagnostics Training Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. No live contact is permitted during the mini-camp, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are allowed.

“Really it’s just an extension of the OTAs is really what it is,” said Head Coach Brian Daboll. “Had an extra walk-through. Everything else is pretty much the same. One thing we’ll do different is watch practice after since we got a little bit more time after this practice. But the structure of practice, that will all be the same… It really is an extension of what we’ve been doing with a little bit more time meeting and an extra walk-through.

We’ve been at it for a long time with the extra (mini-) camp. We’ve had two. Guys have had great attendance. Feel very good about where we are at in terms of the spring and what we’ve got accomplished. Thrown a lot at them. The guys have come in every day with really blinders on ready to work and get better and taking it day by day. Great appreciation for the work ethic that those guys have put in and the coaches. Long way to go, but we’ve got a lot accomplished this spring.”

INJURY REPORT…
Players wearing red jerseys because of injury issues included WR Kenny Golladay, WR Kadarius Toney, WR Sterling Shepard, LT Andrew Thomas, OC Nick Gates, OT Matt Peart, ILB Blake Martinez, OLB Kayvon Thibodeaux, CB Aaron Robinson, CB Darnay Holmes, and CB Rodarius Williams, among others.

I’ll probably be pretty vague most of the time,” said Head Coach Brian Daboll when asked for injury updates.

Thibodeaux participated in walk-thru drills, Golladay participated in individual drills, and Robinson participated in individual and team drills. Thomas also participated in some drills early in practice.

PRACTICE NOTES…
Some snippets from various media sources:

  • Officials were present for practice.
  • First-team offensive line: LT Joshua Ezeudu, LG Shane Lemieux, OC Jon Feliciano, RG Mark Glowinski, and RT Evan Neal.
  • Second-team offensive line: LT Devery Hamilton, LG Ben Bredeson, C Jamil Douglas, RG Marcus McKethan, and RT Matt Gono.
  • Third-team offensive line: LT Roy Mbaeteka, LG Josh Rivas, C Ben Bredeson, RG Max Garcia, and RT Korey Cunningham.
  • With all of the injuries at wide receiver, the first-team receivers were  C.J. Board, David Sills, and Richie James. Rotating in with this unit was Darius Slayton, Wan’Dale Robinson, and Travis Toivonen. Toivonen was active catching the ball.
  • First-team defense included DL Leonard Williams, DL Dexter Lawrence, OLB Azeez Ojulari, CB Adoree’ Jackson, S Xavier McKinney, and S Julian Love.
  • Jihad Ward and Elerson Smith also received many first-team reps at outside linebacker as did Michael Jacquet at cornerback and Dane Belton at safety.
  • When the Giants went with a 3-man line, the other lineman was usually David Moa or Justin Ellis.
  • A blitzing defensive front got good pressure on the quarterbacks for much of practice. The defense clearly looked ahead of the offense.
  • In full-team, 11-on-11 drills, S Dane Belton blitzed twice and probably would have “sacked” the quarterback.
  • QB Daniel Jones would have also been “sacked” on back-to-back redzone plays later in practice. By one account, he was not terribly accurate, finishing 13-of-21.
  • When the offense did make a play, it usually involved RB Saquon Barkley catching the ball.
  • WR Richie James was also active catching the football.
  • CB Aaron Robinson broke up one pass from QB Daniel Jones. CB Cor’Dale Flott also flashed in coverage when Jones was at quarterback and broke up a pass.
  • CB Zyon Gilbert broke up a QB Tyrod Taylor pass.
  • LB Carter Coughlin broke up a pass.
  • By one account, QB Tyrod Taylor finished 8-of-13.
  • RB Matt Breida caught a few passes from QB Tyrod Taylor.
  • Catching touchdown passes were RB Saquon Barkley (from QB Daniel Jones), RB Matt Breida (from QB Tyrod Taylor), and RB Antonio Williams (from QB Davis Webb).
  • TE Jordan Akins caught a couple of passes from QB Davis Webb.
  • Practice ended with QB Davis Webb picking up a bad snap and hitting WR Alex Bachman in the back of the end zone for a touchdown.

    HEAD COACH BRIAN DABOLL…
    The transcript of Brian Daboll’s press conference on Tuesday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available at Giants.com.

    THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
    Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

    GIANTS AND JETS TO HOLD JOINT PRACTICES DURING TRAINING CAMP…
    Head Coach Brian Daboll revealed on Tuesday that the Giants and New York Jets will hold joint practices at the Giants’ Quest Diagnostics practice facility in August during training camp.

    “Yeah, plan is right now we’re going to do it,” Head Coach Brian Daboll said. “I think it’s good to practice with the guys from down the street, play in a different conference. I know Jets Coach (Robert) Saleh. He’s a really good coach. We’ve had some good talks. I think it’s a good chance to come out here and be competitive against some other players that you’re not practicing against throughout the summer as long as you do it the right way. We want to treat those guys that they’re just like our teammates when you’re practicing. So, I think that coach and I have had some good conversations and looking forward to it.”

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    Sterling Shepard and Kadarius Toney, New York Giants (May 19, 2022)

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    MAY 19, 2022 NEW YORK GIANTS OTA PRACTICE REPORT…
    The Giants held their third voluntary organized team activity (OTA) practice on Thursday, and first one open to the media. No live contact is permitted during OTAs, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are allowed.

    We’re on really our third practice day today,” said Head Coach Brian Daboll before practice. “We’ll be inside. A little slick outside. Working on some 1st and 2nd down stuff. We’ve had two good days. I’d say we’ve improved a little bit each day, worked on some different situations. Still a long way to go, but it’s been a good start… We’ve had everybody here… We’ve had, I’d say, exceptional attendance… It’s just good to have all the guys here so we can implement our stuff.”

    The seven remaining OTA practices will be held on May 23-24, May 26, May 31-June 3. A mandatory mini-camp will also be held June 7-9.

    INJURY REPORT AND ABSENTEES…
    Players wearing red jerseys because of injury issues included WR Kenny Golladay, WR Kadarius Toney, WR Sterling Shepard, WR Collin Johnson, WR Richie James, WR Austin Proehl, OT Andrew ThomasOC Nick Gates, OT Matt Peart, OL Jamil Douglas, ILB Blake Martinez, OLB Quincy Roche, ILB Cam Brown, ILB T.J. Brunson, and CB Rodarius Williams. Some of these players participated in practice, while others did not.

    Yeah, so we’ll have some guys in red jerseys today,” said Head Coach Brian Daboll. “Some can do a little bit more than others. Some are rehabbing. There will be I’d say a number of guys right now in red jerseys. I’m not going to get into the specifics of it right now at this point in time, but you guys will end up seeing them… (Gates) had a tough injury, but he’s done a good job with his rehab. Probably still a little bit a ways away. I’d say him and Matt Peart, they’re rehabbing every single day, getting better each day, so we’ll see where they’re at.”

    Not present were WR Wan’Dale Robinson (NFL rookie symposium), TE Ricky Seals-Jones (personal), and DL Dexter Lawrence (personal).

    PRACTICE NOTES…
    Some snippets from various media sources:

    • The starting offensive line was LT Korey Cunningham, LG Shane Lemieux, OC Jon Feliciano, RG Mark Glowinski, and RT Evan Neal.
    • The second-team offensive line was LT Devery HamiltonLG Joshua EzeuduOC Ben Bredeson, RG Marcus McKethan, and RT Matt Gono. Max Garcia also alternated with Bredeson at center. McKethan also saw reps at right tackle.
    • TE Daniel Bellinger received first-team reps. He made a nice catch on an out route from QB Daniel Jones.
    • First team defense had Leonard Williams and Justin Ellis on the defensive line. They were backed up by David Moa and D.J. Davidson. Third-team defensive line was Chris Hinton and Jalyn Holmes.
    • Blake Martinez and Tae Crowder were the first-team inside linebackers; Kayvon Thibodeaux and Azeez Ojulari worked outside. Second-team was Cam Brown and Carter Coughlin inside and Jihad Ward and Elerson Smith outside. Third-team was T.J. Brunson and Justin Hilliard inside and Oshane Ximines and Niko Lalos outside.
    • Adoree’ Jackson and Aaron Robinson were the first-team cornerbacks with Darnay Holmes serving as the nickel corner. Second-team was Zyon Gilbert and Darren Evans outside with Cor’Dale Flott in the slot. The third-team was Michael Jacquet and Maurice Canady outside with Khalil Dorsey in the slot.
    • The first-team safeties were Xavier McKinney and Julian Love. Second-team was Jarren Williams and Dane Belton; third-team was Yusuf Corker and Henry Black.
    • Offensively, the team showed a ton of empty sets and pre-snap motion. There was an emphasis on RPOs. QB Daniel Jones made a big gain on a designed run.
    • In 7-on-7 drills, QB Davis Webb scrambled and threw a long touchdown pass to WR C.J. Board.
    • QB Daniel Jones badly overthrew one pass that was intercepted by S Julian Love.
    • QB Tyrod Taylor made a perfect deep sideline throw to WR Robert Foster over CB Zyon Gilbert.
    • LB Kayvon Thibodeaux would have had a sack on QB Daniel Jones in team drills. Thibodeaux also had nice coverage on two other plays.
    • LB Jihad Ward, DL Jalyn Holmes, and DL Ryder Anderson would have had sacks on QB Tyrod Taylor.
    • WR Travis Toivonen, WR C.J. Board, and WR Alex Bachman were active catching the football.
    • Running backs Saquon Barkley, Matt Breida, Antonio Williams, and Gary Brightwell were active catching the football. Barkley lined up in the slot on one play. Breida showed a nice burst after the catch.
    • LB Darrian Beavers and LB Justin Hilliard forced incompletions with solid coverage.
    • CB Michael Jacquet broke up two passes.

      GIANTS ADD ANOTHER DEFENSIVE BACK…
      The Giants have signed free agent cornerback Michael Jacquet. To make room, the team also waived defensive lineman Antonio Valentino.

      The 25-year old, 6’1”, 203-pound Jacquet was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Philadelphia Eagles after the 2020 NFL Draft. As a rookie, Jacquet played in seven games with two starts, accruing 18 tackles, one sack, three pass defenses, and one forced fumble. He spent time on both the Practice Squads of the Eagles and Jacksonville Jaguars in 2021.

      Valentino was an undrafted rookie free agent signed by the Giants after the 2022 NFL Draft.

        THE COACHES SPEAK…
        Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following coaches are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

        THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
        Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

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        Daniel Jones, New York Giants (October 24, 2021)

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        The New York Giants have declined to pick up the 5th-year option on quarterback Daniel Jones, meaning Jones is now scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent next March unless a new contract is negotiated before then. The Giants did decide to pick up the 5th-year option on defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence, who is now safely under contract through the 2023 season. Both players were drafted in the 1st round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

        Picking up the option on Jones would have cost the Giants $22.384 million in salary in 2023. The option for Lawrence is $10.753 million.

        After a promising rookie season, Jones had his second disappointing year in a row in 2021. He missed the final six games of the year with a neck injury that the team has yet to be fully transparent about. Jones finished 2021 completing 64 percent of his passes for just 2,428 yards, 10 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. He also ran the ball 62 times for 298 yards and two touchdowns. The Giants were 4-7 in games that he started. Jones also did not have the type of year hoped for or expected in 2020. Missing two games due to leg injuries (hamstring and ankle), Jones started 14 games and completed 62.5 percent of his passes for just 2,943 yards, 11 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. He rushed the ball 65 times for 423 yards and one touchdown.

        Jones’ productivity fell from his somewhat stellar rookie season, when he started 12 games, completing 62 percent of his passes for 3,027 yards, 24 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. On the positive side, the fumbling issues that have plagued Jones have lessoned as his fumbles decreased from 18 in 2019 to 11 in 2020 to seven in 2021.

        The Giants drafted Jones in the 1st round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Jones has classic quarterback size and is a good athlete who can hurt teams with his feet. He has good but not great arm strength. Jones is competitive, smart, tough, and hard-working. However, it simply has not clicked for him at the NFL level. Part of that is due to his surrounding talent, but he also has not elevated the play of those around him. He has also proven to be injury prone, missing time each season. Jones is 12-25 as a starting quarterback.

        Lawrence was named to the Pro Football Writers of America’s All-Rookie Team. However, through three seasons with New York, Lawrence has been inconsistent and has yet to develop into the stud presence expected of him. In 2021, he played in all 16 games with 10 starts at defensive end (69 percent of defensive snaps), finishing with 52 tackles, five tackles for a loss, 2.5 sacks, 11 quarterback hits, two pass defenses, and one forced fumble.

        Built like a prototypical run-stuffing nose tackle (6’4”, 242 pounds) with excellent size and strength, the Giants have surprisingly played him more at 3-4 defensive end. His size and power can force other teams to double-team him. While Lawrence can generate a power rush, he lacks dynamic pass rush moves to consistently reach the quarterback.

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        Adoree' Jackson, New York Giants (November 7, 2021)

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        NEW YORK GIANTS OFFSEASON PROGRAM BEGINS…
        The New York Giants offseason program began on Monday. Because the Giants have a new head coach, the team can start their voluntary offseason workout program two weeks before other teams with returning coaches. The 9-week program is intended to provide players with training, instruction, and physical strength and conditioning.

        We’ve had good attendance,” said Head Coach Brian Daboll. “Obviously, everything’s voluntary, we understand that. But there was a packed house… I’m not going to get into who was, who wasn’t (here), I’d just say we’ve had good attendance and I told the guys how much I appreciate that, knowing that it’s all voluntary.”

        • April 4: New York Giants offseason program begins.
        • April 19-21: New York Giants voluntary mini-camp (allowed for teams with new coaches).
        • May 16-17: New York Giants OTA #1 and #2.
        • May 19: New York Giants OTA #3 (media access).
        • May 23-24: New York Giants OTA #4 and #5.
        • May 26: New York Giants OTA #6 (media access).
        • May 31-June 1: New York Giants OTA #7 and #8.
        • June 2: New York Giants OTA #9 (media access).
        • June 3: New York Giants OTA #10.
        • June 7-9: New York Giants mandatory mini-camp.

        Each NFL team may also hold a rookie football development program for a period of seven weeks, which in 2022 may begin on May 16. During this period, no activities may be held on weekends, with the exception of one post-Draft rookie mini-camp. The Giants will hold their rookie mini-camp on May 13-15.

        Per the NFL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), teams are only allowed to hold voluntary offseason activities over the course of a 9-week period in three phases:

        Phase One: Activities during this 2-week period are limited to to meetings, strength and conditioning, and physical rehabilitation only.

        Phase Two: On-field workouts during this 3-week period may include may include individual or group instruction and drills, as well as “perfect-play drills,” and drills and plays with offensive players lining up across from offensive players and defensive players lining up across from defensive players, conducted at a walk-through pace. No live contact or team offense vs. team defense drills are permitted.

        Phase Three: Activities during this 4-week period include 10 days of organized team practice activity (OTAs) and a mandatory veteran mini-camp. No live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7, and 11-on-11 drills are permitted.

        GIANTS RE-STRUCTURE ADOREE’ JACKSON’S CONTRACT…
        The New York Giants have re-structured cornerback Adoree’ Jackson’s contract. Jackson signed a 3-year, $39 million deal with the Giants last offseason after he was cut by the Tennessee Titans. The team has now converted $8.965 million of that contract into a signing bonus with a void year added, creating $5.98 million in cap space. 

        The Giants are believed to be about $7 million under the current salary cap. They will need that amount and more to sign their draft picks after the 2022 NFL Draft.

        APRIL 4, 2022 BRIAN DABOLL PRESS CONFERENCE…
        New York Giants Head Coach Brian Daboll addressed the media on Monday to discuss the start of the team’s voluntary offseason program. The transcript is available in The Corner Forum, while the video is available at Giants.com.

        THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
        Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

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        Jake Fromm, New York Giants (December 19, 2021)

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        NO OFFICIAL DECISION ON WHO WILL START AT QUARTERBACK…
        As expected, Head Coach Joe Judge is holding his cards close to his vest and the team has yet to announce if Mike Glennon or Jake Fromm will start at quarterback this Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. Daniel Jones was placed on Injured Reserve with a neck injury on Monday. His season is over.

        “We’re going to watch the guys practice throughout the week, and we’ll see where they are at the end of the week,” Judge said. “I wouldn’t expect any announcement until maybe the end of the week at the earliest.”

        Glennon has struggled since taking over for Jones. He is 0-3 as a starter in the last three contests, and is coming off a 3-interception game against the Dallas Cowboys. Fromm, who the Giants signed off of the Practice Squad of the Buffalo Bills at the end of November, saw his first action last week with under four minutes to play in the game.

        “We’ve seen more of Mike than Jake,” said Judge. “Jake’s been new to the offense. We saw a little bit of Jake in the game the other day. I said the other day, there’s a drastic difference between starting an NFL game and just coming in at the end, so there’s a lot of things you’re going to see structurally, defensively, the situations in the game that pop up. Playing the entire game is a lot different than coming in at the end of the game and just playing a snapshot for us as a team to see. Both guys have worked hard, both guys have done very good things for the team. I’m pleased with the way both guys showed some leadership with the groups around them. We’re going to watch them go through, watch them run the offense, prepare for it and we’ll make our decision at the end of the week.”

        DECEMBER 22, 2021 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
        The New York Giants held a light, walk-thru practice on Wednesday at Quest Diagnostics Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

        Not on the official injury list, but also not practicing due to being placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 List were WR Kadarius Toney, WR John Ross, LB Cam Brown, LB Oshane Ximines, CB Adoree’ Jackson, CB Aaron Robinson, CB Keion Crossen, and S J.R. Reed. Practice Squad player S Natrell Jamerson also remains on the list.

        Not practicing were RB Gary Brightwell (neck) and OG Ben Bredeson (ankle).

        Limited in practice were RB Saquon Barkley (ankle), FB Cullen Gillaspia (shin), TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle), OT Andrew Thomas (ankle), NT Austin Johnson (foot), and DL Leonard Williams (triceps).

        ROSTER MOVE…
        On Tuesday, the Giants terminated the Practice Squad contract of TE Jake Hausmann.

        HEAD COACH JOE JUDGE…
        The transcript of Joe Judge’s press conference on Wednesday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available at Giants.com.

        THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
        Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

        WHAT’S UP NEXT…
        The Giants practice again on Thursday. The coordinators, one offensive assistant, and select players will also address the media.

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        Sterling Shepard, New York Giants (December 19, 2021)

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        ROSTER MOVES – SEASON OVER FOR DANIEL JONES AND STERLING SHEPARD…
        The New York Giants have placed QB Daniel Jones (neck) and WR Sterling Shepard (Achilles’ tendon) on Injured Reserve. The season is officially over for both players. Jones suffered the neck injury on November 28th against the Philadelphia Eagles and has missed the last three games. Shepard ruptured his Achilles’ tendon late in the game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

        Senior Vice President, Medical Services/Head Athletic Trainer Ronnie Barnes released the following statement on Jones: “Over the course of the past few weeks, Daniel has been examined by Dr. Frank Cammisa of Hospital for Special Surgery and Dr. Robert Watkins of the Marina Spine Center at Marina Del Rey Hospital. Our medical team has continued to consult with Dr. Cammisa and Dr. Watkins regarding Daniel’s condition and symptoms, and at this point, Daniel has not been cleared for contact. We felt the prudent decision was to place Daniel on injured reserve for the remainder of the season. With continued rest and treatment, we expect a full recovery.”

        To fill these roster spots, the Giants signed LB Jaylon Smith and CB Jarren Williams to the 53-man roster from the Practice Squad. In addition, CB Keion Crossen was placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 List.

        DECEMBER 20, 2021 JOE JUDGE PRESS CONFERENCE…
        New York Giants Head Coach Joe Judge addressed the media on Monday to discuss his team’s 21-6 loss to the Dallas Cowboys:

        Opening Statement:I appreciate your patience. The organization has already released a statement most of you guys are aware of. Over the last few weeks, there have been a lot of discussions and conversations between the organization and the medical team concerning (Quarterback) Daniel Jones and his return to play. Over the last 24 hours, there has been a lot more conversation and based on the information from the medical team and their belief in a timetable for Daniel’s full recovery, and their belief with rest and treatment that he’ll return to full health, they deemed that the remainder of this season he should be shut down to give him that time to heal. I’ve been adamant in saying that with all the information we’ve been given from the doctors involved and the medical team that there is no, at this moment, concern for a long-term injury, that this is more of a precautionary measure to make sure it’s something that isn’t aggravated or agitated before it’s healed and it doesn’t turn into something as chronic or long-term. I’m not going to speak for Daniel on this in terms of how he feels. I think it’s clear that he’s a guy that always wants to be out there with the team. He’s very competitive, he’s a great leader on the team, a big team player. I’ll let him speak for himself in time. At this time, our concern is on Daniel’s health. He’s been doing a good job. He’s out there moving very functionally, but ultimately this is about making sure that his neck has a full recovery before we put him out there and before he’s cleared for contact. That being said, I’ll open up to any questions you have.

        Q: Obviously, we have to move on at the quarterback position, so with (Quarterback) Jake (Fromm), how did you feel he looked yesterday? After talking to your staff and everything and after his evaluation, do you feel there’s a possibility that he starts Sunday? Is he going to be your guy?

        A: We’re going to look at (Quarterback) Mike (Glennon) and Jake throughout this week. We’ll watch Jake practice and we’ll make the decision going into the game. I’d say in terms of his performance yesterday in the game, obviously he came in at the end of the game, was able to move the offense, really give them a spark. Thought he moved the ball well, thought he made some good decisions, good sharp decisions. Showed good ball security in the pocket on the one he got hit on with the rush up the middle. Did a good job functioning within the operation. Thought he got the guys up to the line, got the call in, was able to navigate through the situation to put accurate passes on our receivers and give them a chance to make plays. Jake did enough to be in consideration. We’ll see how practice goes. Obviously, there’s a big difference between starting an entire NFL game and coming in at the end of the game when the team is playing more of a two-minute prevent mode. That’s not a knock on Jake, it’s just the reality and the truth. We’ll get Mike and Jake ready for this week and we’ll make the determination of who’s going to start at a later time.

        Q: What’s the future right now – for Daniel Jones – look like in regards to anything he has to do? Is surgery an option? Does he just have to rest or is there anything else he can do at this point?

        A: At this point, it’s just rest. It’s rest, it’s treatment, it’s continuing on with some of the rehab type of exercises he would do for it. This is really contact-based. There’s no surgery that’s even being talked about or mentioned at this point. Surgery is not an option at this point. There’s nothing that would lead us to believe that he would need surgery for this. It’s purely a timetable deal as far as this injury. Again, the medical team has been monitoring how the neck has progressed over the last few weeks. They didn’t think they saw enough progress to clear him for contact and with the time remaining in the season, they didn’t believe it was going to be the smartest move to put him out there. They didn’t think he would be fully healed within that timetable and the best thing for him right now is to start on having a full recovery with rest and treatment.

        Q: You guys have been going, obviously, week-to-week with this, looking at scans, getting hopes up, then getting hopes down. Does this maybe help with some clarity for everybody? And can you just talk about maybe what a downer this is for you and for Daniel that your starting quarterback is going to miss the last six games of the season here?

        A: Obviously, you want to have Daniel on the field. This is a guy that works hard. He’s obviously a key part of our team. He worked really hard in the offseason, made a lot of gains. Saw a lot of progress throughout different parts of the season with him. You want to get Daniel on the field. It’s a quarterback-driven league and obviously Daniel’s our quarterback. That being said, we’ve got to get all of the players ready to play. It’s a great opportunity for Mike and Jake to step up and help this team have success. In terms of the clarity part of the question, I don’t really think that’s been an issue. We’ve kind of planned accordingly internally and the players have gone ahead and responded the right way and kept on moving forward. In terms of any kind of clarity of preparation, I don’t think that’s been an issue at all.

        Q: Just from the football perspective, you’re missing a big period of evaluation here on Daniel. You’ve got a decision on his fifth-year option coming this offseason. Have you seen enough to know that he’s your guy going forward?

        A: Yeah, I’ve seen enough growth from Daniel to tell us that he’s a guy we want to go ahead and play with. In terms of the business aspect of it and different things, I’ll let different departments of this organization handle that stuff. I’ll coach the players. When it comes down to Daniel, our concern right now is getting him back and healthy, and getting him prepared for next year.

        Q: After listening to you for the last three or four weeks, you’ve been talking about a strained neck. If you’re shutting him down for the season, it sounds like it’s more than a strained neck.

        A: It’s a sprained neck and, again, I wouldn’t go ahead and put any diagnosis out there off of assumptions. I think that that would be irresponsible. I would just say the doctors who have dealt with him directly, who get paid a lot of money for their medical expertise, made the decision that he needs more time and that’s what we’re going to give him.

        Q: I know you said that you’re confident that this isn’t going to be a long-term issue once it heals. Does that mean once it heals and he’s back on the field ostensibly in the fall next year that he will be in no danger of having a setback with it or it happening again?

        A: That is the conversation we had this morning at length and we’ve had over the course of the past few weeks, but we had that conversation at length this morning. That’s a question I specifically asked repeatedly to make sure and from what I was told, that is the case, that this would not be an issue going forward if we give this time now to heal fully. This would not be something we have to worry about in the future at all. That’s what I was told.

        Q: Obviously, the quarterback situation is something we’ve covered and will continue to cover this week. You guys have another COVID-positive today or at least (Defensive Back) Keion Crossen was placed on the list. You made two signings with (Linebacker) Jaylon (Smith) and (Cornerback) Jarren (Williams). Do you anticipate kind of an upside-down week the same way you did last week? How are you guys handling this moving forward knowing that there are a lot of moving pieces still and a lot of things up in the air?

        A: I think we’re just used to the moving pieces. We just go ahead and we get everybody ready, and that kind of helps you with the adjustments you have to make. We don’t get so locked into it has to be this guy or this guy and then when one of those two are removed, all of a sudden you’re in disarray. That’s not really how we operate around here. We’re getting everybody ready. Not having Keion, obviously, that’s a player we want to have for his roles in the kicking game and also on defense for depth. But, we’ll have the guys who are available to us, we’ll know more through tomorrow and we’ll plan accordingly. There’s an opportunity for some guys to come off the COVID list before the game and we’ll see what that’s going to entail in terms of the ramp up period and whether or not they’ll be available, or have a realistic chance to go out there and play for us. We’ll get everyone prepared, whether it’s in person or through Zoom, make sure we monitor everybody’s health, make sure, number one, that they’re healthy and, number two, that when we put them on the field we can assure they can go out there, function, operate and be safe.

        Some of the guys will get back at an earlier date. We expect to have KT (Wide Receiver Kadarius Toney) back in the building with us midweek and get him moving out there and we’ll see how he looks. Obviously, he missed some time from injury and now with COVID. We’ll see how that set him back and give him the opportunity to go out there, move around and see if he can help us this week or not. We’ll get everybody prepared and ready. In terms of the signings, Jaylon and Jarren, I thought Jaylon got in the game yesterday and obviously had about four to six hours of coaching to get him ready for the game. Had a walkthrough with the defense. I really liked the way this guy responded and he’s been a pleasure to coach in the short window we’ve had. He went out there, he played fast, he’s able to go ahead and get his hat on a few people to make some plays. Obviously, it’s very new to him in this system, but I liked the way he responded. I liked the temperament he plays with, I like the look in his eyes when you meet with him in terms of being locked in and engaged to what’s going on in the meetings. He’s been a pleasure to have in the program so far. We’ll keep him involved as well and grow his role throughout this week. Jarren’s a guy that’s been doing a decent job for us playing defense, some roles in the kicking game. He’ll continue to progress his roles. He’s a guy that was set back a little bit with injury early in the season and really kind of stunted some of his growth and development, but he’s done a good job since being back with us on making some strides and he’s done some things that have really grown within him. I think he’s a guy that’s got a future that we can go ahead and keep on developing with, but I like the way Jarren works and I think there’s some upside with him as a player. He definitely has the right attitude as a person.

        Q: To go back to Daniel, in the past you talked a lot about his toughness and we’ve seen him play through some tough injuries in the past. I’m curious how he took the news and if you could share what your message was to him going through this.

        A: First thing I want to touch on is exactly what you started the question off with in terms of toughness. This injury is in no way, shape or form a reflection of a lack of toughness, I can assure everyone that. He’s been chomping at the bit, doing his best to get out there and do everything that’s been asked of him. This is a decision that’s out of the hands of a player, out of the hands of a coaching staff. This is a medical decision and we’re not going to put anybody on the field who’s at risk of injury. Daniel in this case, they believe, would be in that category, so we’re not going to do something that puts him at risk. In terms of what we expect from him, continue being a good teammate, continuing to just work and stay in shape, get healthy, keep progressing with his knowledge of the system and the offense, keep being a leader and a good teammate and stay active and engaged and communicating with the coaches and the players as he’s been doing throughout the entire time he’s been hurt.

        Q: Everybody is hoping for the best for Daniel, but that said, (Quarterback) Mike (Glennon) is going to be a free agent this season. You don’t know for sure what’s going to happen with Daniel. You’re optimistic he will be okay, but you don’t know for sure. That said, do you feel that addressing the quarterback spot is going to have to be something you’re going to have to look into this offseason?

        A: This has nothing to do with Daniel. I trust the medical team and the information we’re given. We expect a full recovery and our vision would be to move forward with Daniel in the future. I’ll let the business part take care of the business part. We’re always looking at our depth charts and rosters, not just for this year, but as they go into future years and you can only do that based on what the current contracts lock you into. As we get to the free agency part and the draft part, we’ll address that, but we look at every position on our team and evaluate it every year in terms of what’s the best thing we can do to improve our team and keep moving forward.

        THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
        Transcripts of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum:

        WHAT’S UP NEXT…
        The players are off on Tuesday and return to practice on Wednesday.

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        DECEMBER 1, 2021 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
        The New York Giants practiced on Wednesday at Quest Diagnostics Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

        Not practicing were FB Cullen Gillaspia (calf), WR Sterling Shepard (quad), WR Kadarius Toney (oblique/quad), WR John Ross (illness), TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle), TE Kaden Smith (knee), LB Trent Harris (ankle), and CB Adoree’ Jackson (quad).

        QB Daniel Jones (neck) practiced on a limited basis.

        We’re not going to rule anything out right now (about Jones playing on Sunday),” said Head Coach Joe Judge before practice. “Daniel’s going to be out here practicing with us today. We expect him to practice tomorrow and Friday, as well. We’ll see what he can do. It’s like any kind of injury coming out of the game, we’ll just see how he does.”

        “I think I’m going through the week preparing to play and getting myself ready to play, listening to the trainers and doctors,” said Jones after practice. “My job is to be ready to play, so I’ll go through the week like I always do.”

        HEAD COACH JOE JUDGE…
        The transcript of Joe Judge’s press conference on Wednesday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available at Giants.com.

        THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
        Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

        WHAT’S UP NEXT…
        The Giants practice again on Thursday. The coordinators, position coaches, and select players will also address the media.

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        DANIEL JONES MAY MISS SUNDAY’S GAME…
        According to multiple press reports, the New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones may miss Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins with a neck injury that he suffered while running the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles. Indeed, the unofficial word is that Jones is “week to week,” suggesting he could miss more than one game. Jones’ availability will largely be determined how he feels this week and if he can practice. The Giants return to practice on Wednesday.

        If Jones cannot play, back-up quarterback Mike Glennon will start. Quarterback Brian Lewerke is also on the team’s Practice Squad.

        As insurance, although not yet officially announced by the team, the Giants have signed quarterback Jake Fromm to the 53-man roster from the Practice Squad of the Buffalo Bills. The 23-year old, 6’2”, 215-pound Fromm was originally drafted by the Bills in the 5th round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Fromm has only played in preseason games at the NFL level.

        DARNAY HOLMES TO IR; LOGAN RYAN ACTIVATED…
        The New York Giants have officially placed cornerback Darnay Holmes on Injured Reserve with a rib injury that he suffered on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. Holmes was injured on the play where he intercepted quarterback Jalen Hurts.

        The team also activated defensive back Logan Ryan from the Reserve/COVID-19 List. Ryan had missed the past two regular season games.

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        Defensive backs react to Jalen Reagor’s dropped game-winning touchdown

        NEW YORK GIANTS 13 – PHILADELPHIA EAGLES 7…
        The New York Giants prevailed in an ugly 13-7 win over Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday afternoon at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. With the victory, the Giants improved their overall record to 4-7.

        The Eagles out-gained the Giants in first downs (19 to 17), total net yards (332 to 264), and net yards rushing (208 to 70). The Giants held advantages in net passing yards (194 to 124), time of possession (32:02 to 27:58), and most importantly, forced turnovers (4-0). Yet despite the huge turnover margin, New York only sealed the win when Eagles wideout Jalen Reagor dropped two game-winning touchdown passes on Philadelphia’s final, desperate drive.

        Both teams exchanged three-and-outs to start the game. New York moved the ball 47 yards on 11 plays on their second drive, setting up a 35-yard field goal by place kicker Graham Gano. Philadelphia too moved the ball their second drive, gaining 54 yards and reaching the New York 20-yard line. However, on 3rd-and-5, cornerback Darnay Holmes intercepted quarterback Jalen Hurts at the 5-yard line, ending the scoring threat.

        After picking up 47 yards on eight plays, the Giants’ attempt to extend their 3-0 lead failed when Gano missed a 51-yard yard field goal. Both teams then exchanged punts again.

        Philadelphia’s final drive of the half began at their own 7-yard line and reached the New York 1-yard line after 14 plays. On the 15th play, facing 3rd-and-goal, Hurts was chased out of the pocket and he threw a pass towards the end zone that was intercepted by linebacker Tae Crowder at the goal line. Crowder returned the ball nine yards before fumbling it out-of-bounds with no time on the clock.

        At the half, the Giants led 3-0.

        The Eagles received the ball to start the second half. After gaining 35 yards on their first three plays, the drive stalled at the New York 40-yard line. Philadelphia went for it on 4th-and-2, but Hurts’ pass fell incomplete with cornerback Aaron Robinson in coverage. The Giants followed this up with their only touchdown of the game as New York drove 59 yards in 10 plays. On 1st-and-goal from the 1-yard line, quarterback Daniel Jones found tight end Chris Myarick for the score, despite the ball coming close to touching the ground as Myarick bobbled the catch. It was Myarick’s first career reception. Giants were now up 10-0.

        It got worse for the Eagles on their second possession. On 1st-and-18 from the 9-yard line, Hurts’ deep pass intended for Reagor was intercepted by safety Xavier McKinney at the New York 46-yard line. Unfortunately, the Giants’ offense failed miserably to take advantage of the field position, as the unit actually lost 14 yards, forcing a punt.

        Momentum then switched in Philadelphia’s favor as they easily drove 66 yards in 10 plays for a touchdown. After an incomplete pass to start this possession, the next nine plays were all runs with Giant-killer running back Boston Scott scoring to cut the score to 13-7 early in the 4th quarter.

        Both teams exchanged punts again. Starting at their own 9-yard line with 10:16 left in the game, the Giants managed to put together a 12-play, 70-yard drive that took 7:22 off of the clock. Unfortunately, the drive resulted in a field goal rather than a touchdown as New York’s red zone woes continued. With just under three minutes to play, the Giants were up 13-7.

        Starting at their own 30-yard line, the Eagles gained 21 yards on their first three plays. On 1st-and-10 from the New York 49-yard line, Scott picked up four yards on a run to the right. However, pursuing defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence forced a fumble that was recovered by defensive back Julian Love at the 37-yard line.

        The Giants had the ball with just 1:34 left in the game. The Eagles had all three of their timeouts so New York needed one first down to seal the win. The Giants netted no yards on their first two plays. On 3rd-and-10, Jones was sacked for an 8-yard loss. Worse, punter Riley Dixon only managed a 39-yard punt that was returned nine yards. Unbelievably, the Eagles had the ball back at their own 41-yard line with 1:11 left on the clock. The Giants had only burned 23 seconds off of the clock and the Eagles were nearly back right where they had started before turning the ball over.

        After picking up 21 yards on two passing plays, Hurts threw a perfect deep pass down the left sideline to Reagor that should have resulted in a 38-yard game-winning touchdown against rookie corner Aaron Robinson (who also looked like he interfered on the play but wasn’t called for it). However, Reagor dropped the the ball, as did Love, who should have intercepted it off of the deflection. Hurts then completed an 11-yard pass to the New York 27-yard line with 38 seconds left in the game. After spiking the ball to stop the clock, Hurts’ next two passes were contested and fell incomplete. On 4th-and-10, with 25 seconds left, Hurts, with far too much time, threw another deep pass that could have resulted in the game-winning touchdown, but Reagor dropped the ball near the 1-yard line. Eagles turned the ball over on downs. Game over.

        Jones finished the game 19-of-30 for 202 yards, one touchdown, and no interceptions. None of his targets caught more than four passes or accrued more than 50 yards. Running back Saquon Barkley had a 32-yard run in the game but his 12 other carries only picked up eight yards.

        Defensively, the Giants allowed over 200 yards rushing to the #1 rushing team in the NFL. Hurts was held to 129 yards passing, but he did rush the ball 77 yards on eight carries. Aside from the four forced turnovers (three interceptions, one fumble recovery), the Giants only had one sack, shared between Love and nose tackle Austin Johnson. Hurts was only officially hit three times. However, the Giants were credited with 10 pass defenses.

        Video highlights are available at Giants.com.

        ROSTER MOVES, PRACTICE SQUAD ACTIVATIONS, INACTIVES, AND INJURY REPORT…
        On Thursday, the Giants signed TE Deon Yelder to the Practice Squad. The 26-year old, 6’4”, 255-pound Yelder was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the New Orleans Saints after the 2018 NFL Draft. Yelder has spent time with the Saints (2018), Kansas City Chiefs (2018–2021), Washington Football Team (2021), Tennessee Titans (2021), and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2021). Yelder has played in 29 regular-season games with two starts. He has 11 career receptions for 86 yards.

        On Saturday, the Giants elevated S Steven Parker to the 53-man roster from the Practice Squad. In addition, WR/returner Pharoh Cooper was activated from the Practice Squad as a COVID-19 replacement for S Logan Ryan (Reserve/COVID-19 List).

        Inactive for the game were FB Cullen Gillaspia (calf), WR Kadarius Toney (quad), WR Sterling Shepard (quad), TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle), TE Kaden Smith (knee), and OG/OC Wes Martin.

        CB Adoree’ Jackson (quad), CB Darnay Holmes (chest), and LB Trent Harris (ankle) left the game with injuries.

        POST-GAME REACTION…
        Transcripts and video clips of post-game media sessions with Head Coach Joe Judge and the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

        POST-GAME NOTES…
        The Giants won their third consecutive home game for the first time since they won their last six games in MetLife in 2016. The Giants are 3-3 at home. They have matched their home victory total for the entire 2020 season.

        The Giants are 4-0 in division home games under Joe Judge.

        The Giants have won two consecutive games against the Eagles after suffering losses in the previous eight meetings.

        The Giants have a takeaway in each of their first 11 games for the first time since 2005.

        The Giants committed a season-low two accepted penalties for just 15 yards.

        Daniel Jones did not throw an interception for the seventh time in 11 games.

        WHAT’S UP NEXT…
        Head Coach Joe Judge and select players will address the media by conference call on Monday.

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        NOVEMBER 24, 2021 NEW YORK GIANTS INJURY REPORT…
        The New York Giants practiced on Wednesday at Quest Diagnostics Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

        Not practicing were FB Cullen Gillaspia (calf), WR Kadarius Toney (quad), WR Sterling Shepard (quad), TE Kyle Rudolph (ankle), TE Kaden Smith (knee), and DB Nate Ebner (knee).

        Limited in practice were RB Saquon Barkley (ankle), WR John Ross (quad), LB Lorenzo Carter (ankle), and CB Adoree’ Jackson (quad).

        GIANTS ONE TO PRACTICE SQUAD…
        The Giants have re-signed TE Jake Hausmann to the Practice Squad. This is the third time Hausmann had been added to the Practice Squad this year. The 6’4”, 255-pound Hausmann was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Detroit Lions after the 2021 NFL Draft. The Giants claimed Hausmann off of waivers from the Lions in early August 2021.

        MICHAEL STRAHAN ADDRESSES THE MEDIA…
        Former New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning addressed the media on Wednesday in advance of his jersey being retired. The transcript is available in The Corner Forum.

        HEAD COACH JOE JUDGE…
        The transcript of Joe Judge’s press conference on Wednesday is available in The Corner Forum while the video is available at Giants.com.

        THE PLAYERS SPEAK…
        Transcripts and video clips of the media sessions with the following players are available in The Corner Forum and at Giants.com:

        WHAT’S UP NEXT…
        Because of Thanksgiving, there is no media availability to the Giants on Thursday.